Three Imaginary Boys
www.faithnoman.comLineup: Bill Gould (bass), Mike Bordin (drums), Roddy Bottum (keyboards), Mark Bowen (guitar) and Courtney Love (vocals)
faith no more with courtney love!
Wow, I had no idea that any recordings of Courtney fronting FNM existed out in the wild.
In talking about change and growth, things are very different just with regards to how bands and labels operate now as opposed to even a decade or more ago. Interpol was one of those first bands coming into the 21st century just at that point where everything started to shift in the industry. What impact have you personally seen that shift in culture have on the indie music scene since that time?
I guess you could put it into two terms or sides of what you’re saying. There’s “indie” in terms of aesthetic, and then there’s “indie” in terms of a situation you might find yourself in on a label front. I feel like on the label front it’s been kind of a really interesting timing situation. You see some bands that probably in the 90s would have sold 20,000 records, and that would have been a great success. Now you see bands like Spoon, Vampire Weekend, and Arctic Monkeys - all these bands that have been on independent labels and have had great success. They’ve sold hundreds of thousands of records. There’s countless others, obviously, like White Stripes, etc., so to me it’s actually been a pretty exciting time. I also feel that in the digital age it’s been sort of like overall just music and not indie or major. In the 90s a major label could release a really hotshot video with a really catchy song, and then you buy the record and be like “Oh, that’s the only good song on the record.” You can’t really do that anymore. Word will get out that it’s not a good record. You can’t bullshit how good of a record it is now. Word does travel and, at the same time, the bigger thing here is that it’s difficult for the album. I’m pretty much an album person and now people are much more focused on songs that are catchy, and they buy them and ignore the rest of the record. I just don’t think in those terms. This is my artistic statement, and I’m hoping people will listen through track ten four times and in that order and get something out of it. [Laughs] I want them to have their own sort of connection to it and have it give a voice to their own personal life. That’s a trickier thing now as to whether that matters or not, but you have bands like the Arcade Fire who are clearly an albums band, and I think that’s part of why they’ve had the success that they’ve had. They have so many great songs on their albums, and people don’t fall in love with the one song, they fall in love with the whole album. Those things matter.
"The Ween Coloring Book was not made with the intention of being merchandise. It was meant as a love letter and an elaborate expression of appreciation and gratitude to the greatest band on God’s good earth. I started the drawings in the final days of January finished in just under three weeks (working obsessively and barely sleeping.) I had it printed and brought it to the show in Honolulu in the hope of handing it to a bouncer to give to Ween.
I was so shocked when Mickey emailed asking to publish it that I somehow viciously stabbed myself in the eye with my cell phone. I never expected for Ween to know who I was, let alone to have an opportunity for partnership with the guys I’ve practically worshipped since the moment Fat Lenny punched my lame ass to the floor. This project has brought me more joy and magic than I can begin to describe. Please grab a copy of the Ween Coloring Book for you and yours. They’re only 20 bucks- a very reasonable price for a limited edition book in which I have so lovingly and graphically drawn Ween naked.”
The book is now available through Chocodog records. You can order one through the link on the right!
Dear Intelligent Observer,
The very nature of partying is to provide a life-saving release from the constant pressure to “take things seriously.” Seriousness of the sort you’re describing is precisely why things like partying are crucial to our mental and spiritual health. I take joy very seriously, and partying is the formal pursuit and celebration of joy itself. I’m having a party to celebrate life. I’m having a party to celebrate partying itself.
It seems to me that people often equate intelligence with seriousness, and stupidity with playfulness. These people also tend to overvalue a sort of stoic distance and lack of excitement and enthusiasm as somehow being a sign of wisdom and advanced thinking. An austere and somber attitude doesn’t make someone smarter or more intellectual. Sometimes people are overly serious because they’re afraid of looking unkempt, unimportant, uneducated — they fear they’ll “make a fool out of themselves” if they don’t remain dour and stiff. In my opinion, if more people aspired to the level of life-mastery and self-actualization that a true fool has attained, there’d be much less conflict in the world. Fools realize that the most ignorant people are usually the ones most violently accusing others of being ignorant. Fools realize that in most cases, understanding is overrated. Most importantly, fools realize that no one really knows what’s going on, starting first and foremost with themselves.
You can enjoy something without having to comprehend it. You can appreciate a melody without knowing what notes it consists of. You don’t need to “get” me or what I do. I’m not here to be understood, I’m here to be experienced. I’m not here to impress you. I’m here to party with you.
I don’t understand why people have such a problem with partying anyway. Much like music, smiling, and laughter, partying is one of the few activities enjoyed by all people across the globe since the dawn of civilization. Despite how popular celebration is, partying still gets a bad rap for being “low” behavior. People think it’s irresponsible or somehow morally wrong to enjoy life in a pure and playful way without some “higher” purpose to it. But that is the whole purpose — the beauty of partying and joy is that it doesn’t need any additional purpose — it’s an end in itself. And that end is the experience of joy in the highest order.
Partying is fully immersing ourselves in the best and most immediate aspects of this incredible gift called “being alive.” Joy brings out the best in us. Partying allows us to experience the best of that joy and be truly ourselves. Partying allows us to be close with other people that we wouldn’t necessarily connect with in other circumstances. To look over and see a total stranger lost in blissful happiness, smiling from the depths of their soul for no reason except that it feels good, and to understand exactly what they’re feeling because you feel it too. That is the magic of partying. That exhilarating pleasure of not-having-to-be-yourself! That sheer delight of really being free! That glory of being in love with life! That feeling of feeling really, really good!
What’s all the rest of this madness for otherwise? What are all our ceaseless efforts for if not to earn us moments of pure euphoria and elation? Are we not meant to be in a state of energized enthusiasm about our own existence? Isn’t that an evolutionary survival technique anyway — so that we want to stay alive and press on — because we have joy to look forward to? I’m pretty sure that the end result of all our work, all our battling, and all our pain and suffering isn’t to see how serious and grim we can be. The darker the world, the more we must increase our efforts to stay in the light — and to defend that light from the encroaching shadow. If there is such a thing as evil, it wants nothing more than to have us believe that feeling joy is wrong.
We must be brave enough to wholeheartedly deny all the forces working to crush our spirit. We must not let devastation and death remove the joy from life. Existence is confusing and challenging enough as it is. Taking it too seriously and removing the few opportunities for unadulterated cheerfulness does not alleviate us of this burden — it weighs us down further and saps our strength until all we can do is plod along towards the void without any relief. The more appropriate response to life is to remain at play and in awe, not to mock the severity of our collective plight, but to truly stay engaged in the bewildering and ferocious grandeur of this adventure we’re on together. Whether we like it or not, we were all invited to this party and we must work to have the best time we can while we’re all here.
Having the strength to smile, to stay close to joy, and to stay close to each other will see us through our darkest and most challenging ordeals. It’s not as easy as being glum and cold, but it’s worth the extra effort. Believing that joy is wrong is the most violent disrespect to our inherent nature as loving, pleasure seeking creatures. Let us elevate ourselves and embrace our highest and mightiest capacity for happiness. This life is our chance to unleash as much joy onto the world as we can. Let us make that joy together. Let us cheer each other up and cheer each other on. Let us party and party as hard as we can. After all, we can’t save the world in a bad mood.
#tbt sometime in 2012